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Bubble Magic, the show is called, and magic it is indeed.

It’s amazing what they can do with bubbles! There are buskers who sometimes perform bubble acts at malls around Singapore, but Bubble Magic is a whole other, way higher, level of Wow.

Developed by the award-winning and world-renowned bubble whizz, Pep Bou, Bubble Magic is a joyful two man show that combines the beauty of bubbles with comedy, ingenious lighting, colourful music and versatile costumes that are transformed with just a few accessories.

It starts interestingly with the two characters stumbling upon a glass in the darkness. It turns out to be a glass of bubble solution and that’s where the magic begins. At first they seem hesitant because they are not sure what they can do with the solution (going so far as to even taste it!), but as they experiment with it, they create more and more wonderful things – giant bubbles, strings of small bubbles, lighted bubbles, fishbowl bubbles, smoke-filled bubbles, sliding bubbles, and a train inside a bubble tunnel! At one point I even felt like I was in a giant lava lamp when they created smoke-filled bubbles, lit up in purple, that floated around the dimly-lit stage area.

Fish in a bubble bowl

Fish in a bubble bowl (Picture taken from Bubble Magic)

When these bubbles separate and float up you feel like your are in a lava lamp! (Picture taken from Bubble Magic)

The boys were riveted throughout! Asher, who sat next to me, kept saying, “Look at that!” Ellery, who was further away, had a huge smile on his face throughout and was completely absorbed. It’s evidence of the show’s appeal because Ellery often loses concentration after a while and starts to daydream about other things. That didn’t happen with Bubble Magic.

Some of the things they did were really mind-blowing in that it was something I never ever thought you could do with bubbles. Like bouncing bubbles on your hand, or rolling it across your back, or sliding them down a long piece of (I think) fleece. I mean, it’s not earth-shattering news, but as bubbles go, Wow! Did you ever think of that?  How many years of your life have you spent just blowing them from a bubble wand, watching them drift away and go *pop*?  And I was (and still am) not quite sure how one of the performers managed to make a bubble that was sliding downhill suddenly change direction and go upwards. Magic?

Working together to create more fantastic bubbles

Working together to create more fantastic bubbles (Picture taken from Bubble Magic)

There were also plenty of comical moments too. The two performers had such good chemistry and excellent comic timing. They knew exactly when to be subtle, and when to go over the top. They were really so funny! The characters they played were constantly annoying each other to hilarious effect. The audience simply loved it!

I also thought the bubble-puppet act was very amusing! Bubble-puppet? You have to watch it to know what I mean :) It was great how the bubble-puppets reacted to the light – shivering over the blue light as if that was ice, and burning up over the red light as if it was fire. There was a bubble-puppet chase and a ‘sudden death’. High drama and comedy, I say!

Transparent and smoke-filled bubbles made even more wonderful with clever use of lights

Transparent and smoke-filled bubbles made even more wonderful with clever use of lights (Picture from Bubble Magic)

The grand finale - a theatre full of bubbles!

The grand finale – a theatre full of bubbles!

Bubble magic is a blend of visual poetry and sheer fun in equal measure. It will certainly blow you away ;) If you don’t know where to bring your kids for the remaining few days of this holiday week, go watch Bubble Magic! They will definitely love it, and so will you.

Bubbe Magic – Pep Bou’s Wonderful World of Bubbles is on until this Sunday, 14 Sep 2014.
Where: Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
Time: 11am & 130pm
Book your tickets NOW from SISTIC.

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I received complementary tickets for this show. All opinions are my own.

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Delight!

That’s how my kids react to bubbles. No matter where they are, if they see even just one little bubble floating by they get all excited. “Bubble!!” Now just imagine an entire show centred around bubbles and the tricks you can do with them.

That’s what Bubble Magic: Pep Bou’s Wonderful World of Bubbles show is all about. Also known as Clinc!, Bubble Magic is coming to Singapore from 10-14 Sep 2014, expect a joyful two-man show combining the fleeting beauty of bubbles with clowning, ingenious lighting, colourful music and crazy costumes. The two turn everyday elements into a magical, wonder-filled world. They compete, collaborate and surprise us, with fishbowl bubbles, animal bubbles, bubbles on a high wire, sliding bubbles, puppet bubbles and even a train inside a bubble tunnel.

Bubbles, bubbles, & more bubbles!

Bubbles, bubbles. everywhere! (Picture from Bubble Magic)

(Picture from Bubble Magic)

The show has been created and directed by the master of bubbles, Pep Bou, who has been playing with bubbles for over 30 years. He started his theatrical career as a mime artist before combining his passion for chemistry (which he has a degree in) with his passion for the performing arts.

The boys were really excited when I told them about Bubble Magic. They’ve seen a busker do some bubble tricks and were so amazed. I think they’ll love this show!

Check out this video to get a taste of what the show will be like:

 

Bubble Magic will be held at the Jubilee Hall Theatre at Raffles Hotel from 10-14 Sep 2014. Tickets are available from the SISTIC website, or through the SISTIC hotline (63485555). You can also checkout the official website at www.lunchbox-productions.com.

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Buckets of Laughter

Last week we went for a 99 Club’s Comedy Night at Camden Head Pub with Sathia & Hsu Hsien. Tickets were cheap(er), compared to the comedy nights that take place at Covent Garden. Armed with cider/beer, we somehow ended up taking the front row seats…which at a comedy night is a recipe for tekan..

And true enough, 1 minute into the show and we were targeted! :) But that was all part of the fun =) The place was very cosy, not too big and crowded. So eventually, by the end of the night, most people had been tekan-ed one way or another. There was this especially ticklish lady, who kept going ‘hee hee hee’ ;)

It was quite good, for 4.50pds you get to hear from about 7-8 comedians. Some were..er..so-so lah, but there were several really funny ones :) I think one of the best jokes for the night was the final joke which ended the show. The comedian was a black lady, who was very very funny. She ended by telling us about how she had a conversation with a friend who was complaining about how the whites had plundered Africa of it’s gold, diamonds and other precious jewels. Then she said, “but it’s alright, I’ve been watching MTV and it looks like we’ve got most of it back!!” haha :P

This week we went to catch the comedy-musical Avenue Q, again with Sathia & Hsu Hsien :) And it was HILARIOUS!! I tell you, anyone who comes to London must go and catch Avenue Q. But though it’s a puppet show, please don’t bring your children. Let’s just say it’s er…for adults. But oh man…it was so funny my toes were laughing! The actors/actresses were incredible! They did their puppetry while acting with expression to further bring out the emotions of the puppets, and also while singing. And it’s no mean feat, especially for several of the puppetiers who controlled 2 different characters.

One actress in particular really stood out. She was able to do a cutesy, high-pitched, innocent voice of one character, and also the deep, sultry, sexy voice of another. Plus, she could sing in both voices too! And there were some parts where she had to do conversations between both characters, changing her voice with each line!

Another difficult task that really needs practising, were for some puppets that needed two people to control. It needs choreographing of movement to make sure the actors don’t step on each other, and learn to control the puppet smoothly such that the audience, though seeing two people control the puppet, still sees smooth and coherent movements for the puppet itself.

Technicalities aside, the content of the musical is just simply great :) Funny to the core, with storylines weaving seamlessly :) A 5 star show for me!

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